The Magician's Book

The Magician's Book

A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia

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A co-founder and staff writer for Salon.com explores the meaning and influence of C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series while revealing how Lewis's troubled childhood, unconventional love life, and friendship with J. R. R. Tolkien affected his writing.

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A co-founder and staff writer at Salon.com, Miller explains why and how it is still possible for her to love C.S. Lewis' fantasy novels despite the biases and small-mindedness they sometimes display, despite suspecting that she would not like the author very much, and despite the proselytizing that most adults assume is their only real content. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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THE MAGICIAN'S BOOK is the story of one reader's long, tumultuous relationship with C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia. Enchanted by its fantastic world as a child, prominent critic Laura Miller returns to the series as an adult to uncover the source of these small books' mysterious power by looking at their creator, Clive Staples Lewis. What she discovers is not the familiar, idealized image of the author, but a more interesting and ambiguous truth: Lewis's tragic and troubled childhood, his unconventional love life, and his intense but ultimately doomed friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien.


Finally reclaiming Narnia "for the rest of us," Miller casts the Chronicles as a profoundly literary creation, and the portal to a life-long adventure in books, art, and the imagination.

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A co-founder and staff writer for Salon.com explores the meaning and influence of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series while revealing how Lewis's troubled childhood, unconventional love life, and friendship with J. R. R. Tolkien affected his writing.
Explores the meaning and influence of C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia" series while revealing how Lewis' troubled childhood, unconventional love life, and friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien affected his writing.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316017633
0316017639
Branch Call Number: 823.912 MIL
Characteristics: viii, 311 p. ;,25 cm.

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Mark_Daly Aug 12, 2013

Comprehensive, but still breezy, lit-crit examination of the Narnia books. Forthrightly addresses the many problems of the series, while still conveying a somewhat befuddled affection for it. Perhaps many readers can recall a kind of shocked awakening when they first realized the religiosity, sexism, racism, etc. embedded in this childhood favorite. Which raises the question: Why do so many of us still yearn to visit Narnia? (My own theory is that the secret sauce of the books is Lewis's debt to Evelyn Nesbit and his desire to emulate her style.) As a bonus, there's loads of trivia in here for Narnia devotees.

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